The kings of the Europa League!
Sevilla won their 6th Europa League title last night as they beat Inter Milan 3-2 over 90 minutes. It was a highly entertaining game with many narratives on both sides while there were plenty of good players on show.
Lukaku opened the scoring for Inter Milan in the 5th minute after he converted he had been brought down and converted the penalty. It was a great start for Conte and co but after that it was a game of set pieces. Luuk de Jong equalised for Sevilla in the 12th minute after heading in a cross. That brought Sevilla back into the game and he managed to head in another cross in the 33rd minute to give Sevilla the lead. Inter then went down the other end and equalised via Godin who headed in a cross as well. The two teams went into half time at 2-2 with both having had a fair share of chances in what was an entertaining half.
The 2nd half was a much more cagey affair as neither team wanted to create any gaps for the other to exploit. The deadlock was broken in the 74th minute as another Sevilla cross found Lukaku’s foot who deflected the ball into his own goal. Sevilla had the lead and Inter now had to chase the game. Inter tried for the remaining 15 minutes to equalise but Sevilla held tight and didn’t really suffer that much. The final whistle blew and Sevilla ended their 19/20 campaign with a European trophy.
Sevilla finished 4th in La Liga and so this trophy is just an added bonus as Champions League football was not at stake. For Lopetegui though it is an arc of redemption having been sacked before the 2018 World Cup by the Spain national team and then being sacked by Real Madrid after a couple of months. Lopetegui managed to win the first trophy of his career and as Chelsea fans we know how much that can mean to a manager. After all that has happened this past season Sevilla indeed had a strong end to it.
For Conte it’s another chance to learn Inter came so close to the title and so close to winning the Europa League but a slight lapse in concentration cost them the chance. Development is already being made for next season with Hakimi brought in at right wing back and rumours of Tonali joining as well. There are question marks over Conte’s future but in my opinion he deserves to stay one more season. Serie A is going to be an open league next season and there is every chance that Inter can usurp Juventus’s reign. Lukaku himself shouldn’t be too fussed about scoring that own goal, he has had a brilliant season and matched the Brazilian Ronaldo’s record at Inter for most goals. If there is disappointment he needs to use that to do even better next season.
A great night for Sevilla, and a sombre one for Inter but for the neutrals it was one exciting game to watch.